Blake Boles gave an important keynote address at this year’s AERO conference. The main point that resonated with me was the idea to look at the the SDE community from the perspective of families stuck in traditional schools and not be caught up in squabbling between SDE models.
I don’t remember how I first became aware of Blake and his work. Perhaps he sent me an email. Maybe I saw a copy of his book, College Without High School, and reached out. I do remember Blake breezing through the Philadelphia area on one of his epic journeys in the early days of Princeton Learning Cooperative […]
A Liberated Learners Center in Manila, The Philippines? You don’t need my report. Watch this interview with some school-age teens about whether they think the idea is possible: Abot Tala is seeking to become the first Liberated Learners center outside of North America. I have just returned from spending ten days with their team, meeting […]
“What can we do together?” emerged as the theme of our fifth Annual Liberated Learners Conference at North Star held June 22-24. Staff and board members from nine centers converged to compare notes, swap stories, and inspire each other during the gathering. The fresh energy of participants from new centers including Embark, BigFish, and The […]
Here’s the video of the TEDx talk I gave in October entitled, Teacher Liberation. The primary focus was reaching educators who love working with young people, but are frustrated by the traditional educational systems where they work so they might be inspired to create self-directed education centers in their communities. But I think the talk […]
In a collaborative effort, including former students and brand new members of BigFish Learning Community, we now have our first promo video. Posted to Facebook Nov. 13, 2017, it has over 2.1K views! BigFish opens in January 2018. We met again recently to begin work on a second video which hopes to explain how Self-Directed Education […]
One of the pleasures of this past week has been organizing my notes from my first Liberated Learners conference. June 22 I caught a red-eye to the east coast and then spent the weekend reveling in hundreds of micro and macro “aha” moments. Having returned home I’m more excited than ever about all the goodness I know […]